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Quiet time for Women's Basketball & Olympic Sports

It's that time of the season.

Tyler Scaife on Naismith Watch List
Tyler Scaife on Naismith Watch List
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No, it isn't the Zombie's 1968 hit "Time of the Season".  It is, though, a dead period, in a lot of ways.

So, Kyle Flood and the gang need to follow NCAA regulation 13.02.5.5:

A dead period is a period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the institution's campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution's campus. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a prospective student-athlete during a dead period. (Revised:  1/11/94, 12/6/13)

You're welcome. We are here to educate, enlighten, and inform.  But we digress.  It is a slow, if not dead, time in the athletic calendar.  Rutgers is in the midst of exams as the semester winds down.  The past week had limited activity and this week has even less.

Women's Basketball

Season record: 8-2

It's interesting that the women played two games this past week and gave up 55 points in each game.  The problem?  One was a 33 point win, the other a 10 point loss.

12/10/14 Temple Philadelphia, Pa. W, 88-55
12/14/14 Tennessee RAC L, 55-45

Betnijah Laney was hurt in the loss to No. 11/13 UT, ending her streak of double-doubles.  She is still the nation’s leader with eight double-doubles. Big Ten women’s basketball players have combined for 82 double-doubles this season, with Iowa’s Samantha Logic recording a triple-double against Dayton on Nov. 22. Tyler Scaife was put on the Naismith Award Watch List, one of 50 players nationally. She leads RU at 17.0 points per game along with 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Upcoming games

12/20/14 
at Iona           
New Rochelle 2:00 pm


Women's Soccer

In a final note to the 2014 season, the women closed the year at No. 25 in the final NSCAA Ranking. It is the first time since 2009 that Rutgers has ended the season in the top 25.

Wrestling

Season record: 7-0

Big doings this week: the Grapple at the Garden.

"Grapple at the Garden"
12/21/14 vs. Army Madison Square Garden 10:00 a.m. ET
vs. Davidson Madison Square Garden
12:00 p.m. ET

It is the third year of the Grapple and the third year that Rutgers is there.

The home schedule at the RAC for wrestling is as impressive as it can get:

#1 Iowa (Jan. 2), #2 Minnesota (Jan. 11) and #4 PSU (Jan. 16).  Then you can throw in #7 Ohio State on Super Bowl Sunday at the Barn, and you have some array of talent.

And talking about wrestling's opponents, from the folks at the "home office" in Rosemont, IL:

And then there's this on OSU's Logan Stieber:

On his way to the finals of the Cliff Keen Invitational, Stieber defeated two other ranked wrestlers – No. 11 Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers (major decision, 9-1) and No. 16 Todd Preston of Harvard (tech fall, 17-1).  He is a four-time Ohio High School state champion....as is his teammate and brother Hunter (R-Jr), another four-time Ohio High School state champion.  In fact, they are each one of three Monroeville, OH wrestlers to become four-time state champions in 2011. You don't want to miss that match.  Tickets for the season are available through the Rutgers Ticket Office.

Gymnastics

Last season, RU had 12 gymnasts named to the All-EAGL Scholastic Team showing the team’s strength in the classroom. Rutgers also brought in seven weekly honors on the season, with at least two in each of the three categories.

Last week the Big Ten released the poll of conference coaches and the Knights, perhaps not totally unexpected, were selected to finish last.  Last season, Minnesota and Nebraska shared the Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championship after finishing with 6-1 Big Ten records, while Michigan earned the 2014 Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships title.

BIG TEN WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
1. Michigan
2. Nebraska
3. Illinois
4. Ohio State
5. Minnesota
6. Penn State
7. Maryland
8. Michigan State
9. Iowa
10. Rutgers

The conference also released its list of gymnasts "to watch" for each squad.  Rutgers' April Baker, So., All Around and Luisa Leal, R-Sr., All Around were selected.  Emma Hoffman and Luisa Leal were named team captains.

The women open the season January 10 in a quad meet at Penn State.

And a side note on Volleyball

Rutgers Volleyball had a rough go of it in its first season in the Big Ten.  But to give you an idea of the competition, consider this:  Penn State advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament semifinals for the third straight year....and seventh in the last eight years. They beat Wisconsin in the quarter-finals to get there.  They face Stanford on Thursday night. Big Ten teams have won the NCAA title in six of the last ten years.  PSU has won five of them and Nebraska one.